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Chris Tillman | Starting Pitcher | #30

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/15/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 2 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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Chris Tillman let in four runs in six innings and took a loss to the Indians on Saturday.
He got burned for three home runs -- all solo shots -- by Yan Gomes, Jose Ramirez and Yonder Alonso. He struck out five, walked one and yielded eight total hits. The fact that this was Tillman's best start of the season tells you all you need to know. His record falls to 0-4 with a 9.87 ERA and 2.37 WHIP. He has just eight strikeouts and 11 walks in 17 1/3 innings after four starts. One would think it could only get better from here but then we remember that he finished last year with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. Apr 21 - 6:53 PM

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Chris Tillman was crushed for six runs over two innings in Friday’s loss to the Red Sox.

Ouch. Tillman has now allowed 15 runs on 22 hits and 10 walks in 11 1/3 innings over his first three starts. He has struck out just three batters. He was brutal last season too, so the Orioles can’t possibly keep running him out there much longer.
Apr 14 - 12:47 AM

Chris Tillman was hit hard in Saturday's loss to the Yankees, surrendering five runs on eights hits over his 5 1/3 innings of work.

The veteran right-hander also issued four free passes while striking out three. The Yankees struck for a pair of runs in the second on a two-run single by Brett Gardner. They tacked on a run in the third, then scratched out another pair in the fifth to complete the damage against him. While not unexpected, Tillman has struggled to an 8.68 ERA and 2.46 WHIP through his first two starts, both losses. He'll attempt to right the ship on Friday against the Red Sox in Boston.
Apr 7 - 4:17 PM

Chris Tillman yielded four earned runs over four-plus innings Monday in a loss to the Astros.

He walked four and gave up seven hits, including a solo homer to Marwin Gonzalez in the bottom of the fourth. Tillman has now surrendered 75 earned runs over his last 76 2/3 innings dating back to last season. The 29-year-old right-hander probably won't last long in the Orioles' starting rotation.
Apr 2 - 10:22 PM

Chris Tillman tossed five innings of one-run ball in Monday’s 4-2 win over the Tigers.

It was an encouraging showing against a lineup which featured the Tigers’ regulars. Tillman allowed six hits and walked none, a big improvement from his six walks in his last outing, though it’s also worth noting that he failed to register a strikeout. Tillman should have a rotation spot to begin the year, but we wouldn't say that's a good thing.
Mar 19 - 5:20 PM

Chris Tillman walked six while giving up four runs in two-plus innings Tuesday against the Twins.

Tillman was able to hold the Twins scoreless despite walking four in the first two innings. In the third, he gave up a single, a double and two walks before being pulled, and all inherited runners came around to score off Donnie Hart. Tillman might be the Orioles' fourth or fifth starter to begin the year, but expectations here are very low.
Mar 13 - 5:01 PM

Orioles re-signed RHP Chris Tillman to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was agreed to on Monday and then finalized Wednesday after Tillman reported to Orioles camp in Sarasota, Florida and passed his physical. Tillman registered a brutal 7.84 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over 93 innings (19 starts, five relief appearances) last season with Baltimore, but it sounds like he has a good shot at claiming an Opening Day rotation spot for 2018.
Feb 21 - 9:31 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman is returning to the Orioles.

Dan Connolly of reports that it's a one-year, major league deal while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports hears that it's worth $3 million. According to Brittany Ghiroli of, Tillman chose the Orioles over accepting minor league offers with the Tigers or Blue Jays. The veteran right-hander is coming off a brutal year where he posted a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances, but he's hoping to prove himself and hit the open market again next winter. If healthy, he'll presumably join a rotation which is also set to feature Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and recent addition Andrew Cashner.
Feb 19 - 11:20 AM

According to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent right-hander Chris Tillman threw for the Tigers on Saturday.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Sunday that Tillman will decide soon between the Orioles and two other teams. The Tigers are believed to be one of those clubs, while the Twins and Blue Jays have also expressed interest. While he's coming off of a miserable 2017 campaign, he's the type of asset that could eat innings and be flipped at the deadline if he pitches well, which would be attractive to a rebuilding Tigers' team.
Feb 18 - 7:27 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chris Tillman will make a decision soon between signing with the Orioles or two other teams.

Heyman says that Tillman will likely make a call by Monday. The other clubs that have been connected to Tillman to this point other than the Orioles are the Tigers, Twins and Blue Jays, but it's unclear whether any of those teams are among the final cut. Tillman is coming off an awful 2017 campaign that saw him put up a 7.84 ERA over 19 starts and five relief appearances.
Feb 18 - 2:28 PM

Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Chris Tillman is choosing between the Orioles, Twins, and two mystery teams, with his decision expected in the next three days.

Tillman suffered through a dreadful 2017 season with the Orioles, posting a 1-7 record with a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. In the five previous seasons he went a combined 65-33 with a 3.81 ERA in 143 starts. He is believed to be leaning toward a one-year contract with a low guaranteed salary and the potential to earn lucrative incentive-based compensation. He will try to rebuild his value in the hopes of landing a big-money deal next winter.
Feb 17 - 12:06 AM

Rhett Bollinger of reports that the Twins have interest in free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Yu Darvish remains the Twins' top priority and they've also been linked to Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb, but the club is also looking at adding back-end rotation depth in the event that they are unable to land a big name. Tillman was flat-out awful last season, posting a 7.84 ERA in 19 starts and five relief appearances. He would presumably accept a one-year deal in hopes of restoring his value and hitting the open market again next winter. Bollinger also notes that chief baseball officer Derek Falvey hasn't ruled out giving Jaime Garcia another try.
Jan 30 - 1:07 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Blue Jays have shown interest in free agent starter Chris Tillman.

Tillman is probably going to have to settle for a one-year contract -- maybe even a non-guaranteed minor league deal -- after struggling to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season with the Orioles. The 29-year-old right-hander has also drawn mild interest from the Twins and Tigers this winter, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested earlier this month that Baltimore could have some interest in bringing him back. Tillman held a 3.81 ERA in 844 2/3 innings with the O's between 2012-2016.
Jan 24 - 11:58 AM

Chris Tillman has been working out at the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida.

Tillman is a free agent, but he requested permission to use the Orioles' facilities this winter and that request was granted. O's manager Buck Showalter suggested Monday that the team could have interest in re-signing the 29-year-old right-hander, who struggled to a 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, and 63/51 K/BB ratio in 93 innings last season. "He's capable of better," Showalter told reporters at the Orioles' January minicamp. "We know it. We've seen it first hand."
Jan 8 - 12:51 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN reports that the Twins have inquired about free agent right-hander Chris Tillman.

Tillman is looking for a one-year contract this winter, where he can hopefully rebuild his value before hitting the free agent market again. The 29-year-old posted a miserable 7.84 ERA, 1.89 WHIP and 63/51 K/BB ratio across 93 innings with the O's in 2017.
Jan 7 - 8:59 PM

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2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Luis Sardinas
SS1Tim Beckham
3B1Manny Machado
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LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Colby Rasmus
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DH1Mark Trumbo
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S1Kevin Gausman
2Dylan Bundy
3Alex Cobb
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6Gabriel Ynoa
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R1Brad Brach
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6Pedro Araujo
7Yefry Ramirez
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